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“Hey, Inconsiderate!” by the Sound of Monday

A supple swing beat greets us as we descend into the broodingly textured rhythm that adorns the opening bars of “Hey, Inconsiderate!,” the all-new single and lyric video from The Sound of Monday. Comprised of a minimalistic string groove, a stoic vocal, and a blustery bassline driving its percussive strut, “Hey, Inconsiderate!” doesn’t break the mold on conventional pop music, but it certainly imparts a melancholic melody better than most of the indie singles that I’ve had the chance to take a look at this summer have. It’s an excellent representation of what listeners can expect out of the work we’ve been seeing on the regular from bands like The Sound of Monday, not all of whom have been getting the kind of recognition this group has been as of late.

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The relationship between the vocal and the springy percussion is almost more defining of the narrative in “Hey, Inconsiderate!” than the lyrics are on their own. The moment that we first observe their poetic interactions, stopping the chill-inducing groove from doing what it does best is next to impossible.

Our singer has an amazing voice, and he does a terrific job of weaving it into these beats so seamlessly from behind the microphone that the harmony doesn’t require all that much attention in the master mix. It’s smooth and soft from start to finish, and even if it isn’t quite as loud or boisterous as the guitar parts are, that doesn’t impede the heavenly harmonization from revealing a bevy of emotions lying just beneath the surface of these verses.

In the music video for “Hey, Inconsiderate!,” The Sound of Monday does not attempt to steer the focus away from the music; instead of weighing down the imagery with a lot of pomp and over-the-top visuals, we get some basic illustrations that are strung together in an aesthetically-pleasing sequence. It’s not overly artsy, nor does it feel too conceptual for the song that it’s interpreting.

Through and through, “Hey, Inconsiderate!” as a video is simple, zero frills, and centered one hundred percent on its stunning soundtrack, which doesn’t need any assistance in regards to captivating us from under the spotlight, where it inarguably belongs. In a year that has been riddled with ridiculous excess, this band is thankfully taking the opposite route here.

“Hey, Inconsiderate!” is one of the more addictive pop tunes from the whole of this unit’s discography to date, and easily one of the staple songs of the current set that The Sound of Monday has been working with. It’s not the most sprawling composition to have come out of the underground recently, and though I probably would have approached the master mix with a slightly more conservative attitude i.e. the guitars, I can’t find anything dismissible about this magnetizing melody and its integral instrumentation.

This lead singer is singing their heart out at lead vocal and finds an able supporting cast in the band, and if this is along the lines of where their scene is collectively going at this stage of the game, American attention is going to be quite easy for this crew to come by.

Mindy McCall



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